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The Australia-Korea Business Council (AKBC) and the Australian Embassy in Seoul are delighted to co-host a webinar on Korea's Higher Education Reform on 19 March 2024. This briefing session will provide Australian higher education institutions with an update on the ongoing higher education reforms in the Republic of Korea, particularly the Glocal Universities Initiative.

📅 Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2024

🕒 Time: 11AM-12PM (KST) / 1PM-2PM (AEDT)

📍 Venue: Online

💰 Cost: Free

Unlocking Potential: Korea's Higher Education Reform

The Korean Ministry of Education announced the "Regional Innovation System and Education (RISE)" plan on 1 February 2023 to strengthen regional universities as hubs of local innovation – one of the government's main education reform goals to be implemented last year. The ministry intends to allocate over half of its university grant budget to local governments, enabling them to devise plans tailored to local needs. The RISE plan also supports "Glocal" universities in forging partnerships with global companies and institutions to address local economic priorities, with ten Glocal universities set to receive a KRW100 billion (AUD $115 million each) grant over five years.

The first ten Glocal universities were announced by the Korean Ministry of Education last November. The ten universities are:

1) Gyeongsang National University

2) Sunchon National University

3) University of Ulsan

4) Jeonbuk National University

5) Pohang University of Science and Technology

6) Hallym University

7) Kangwon National University and Gangneung-Wonju National University

8) Pusan National University and Busan National University of Education

9) Andong National University and Gyeongbuk Provincial College

10) Chungbuk National University and Korea National University of Transportation

The Ministry aims to select another ten Glocal universities by 2024, and an additional five universities each for 2025 and 2026.

Glocal Impact: Australia-Korea Collaboration in Action

Learn how the University of Newcastle and the Pusan National University are leading the way in leveraging this Glocal Universities initiative for mutual benefit. A$1.3 million commitment from the National Research Foundation of Korea has fueled a transformative partnership between the University of Newcastle, Port of Newcastle, and Pusan National University. This agreement aims to establish a green ammonia power generation research centre, advancing clean energy research and contributing to global net-zero emissions goals.

Connect, Collaborate, Catalyse

While Korea has undeniably been an appealing partner for student mobility and research collaboration, there is significant potential to deepen our cooperation in the higher education sector. Join us in this exclusive webinar designed to raise awareness among Australian higher education institutions about Korea's innovative policies, especially the Glocal Universities initiative. This free event serves as a bridge for knowledge exchange and collaboration between Australian and Korean universities. Key highlights include insights from the Vice Chairman of the Glocal University Committee and a compelling case study presented by the University of Newcastle and Pusan National University. Gain valuable lessons, perspectives, and opportunities for collaboration.

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Register now for this free webinar and submit your questions for the speakers.